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Cause Of Climber’s Death Still Sought

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Results of an autopsy on the body of a Colorado Springs climber who died late last week after falling through snow and into a moat are not yet available.  However, it now appears that 55 year-old Gary Miller most likely died of hypothermia.  Teton County Coroner Kiley Campbell says there was not significant evidence of blunt force trauma and Miller did not drown.  Miller did spend considerable time in the icy water of the moat before his companions could fish him out.  Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles says the park’s rescue team was called Thursday afternoon to the North Fork of Garnet Canyon where Miller had fallen into the moat while descending from the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton.  By the time rangers arrived, she says climbing guides had extricated Miller and were tending to him.  He was flown by helicopter to the park’s rescue cache where he was pronounced dead.

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